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By Henry Miller

“A ideal expression of Miller’s ethical viewpoint in addition to one in all his impressive demonstrations of narrative ability. It presents an excellent cinematic view of 2 indomitable egotists in lethal conflict.” ―The Nation

The satan in Henry Miller’s massive Sur paradise is Conrad Moricand: “A good friend of his Paris days, who, having been financed and taken over from Europe as an act of mercy by means of Mr. Miller, seems as exacting, sponging, evil, crafty and ungrateful a visitor as are available in modern literature. Mr. Miller has continually been a notable writer of personality. Conrad Moricand is maybe his masterpiece. . . .A satan in Paradise is the paintings of an excellent novelist manqué, a novelist who has no stricter experience of shape than the divine writer. . . .Fresh and intoxicating, humorous and relocating. . .” ―The instances Literary Supplement (London)

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Aloud I suggested that he watch over it, regulate it, wind it, oil it, and so on. “You’re used to it,” I said. I wondered how long it would be before little Val—she was only a little over two—would begin tinkering with it in order to hear the music. To my surprise, my wife did not find him too somber, too morbid, too aged, too decrepit. On the contrary, she remarked that he had a great deal of charm—and savoir-faire. She was rather impressed by his neatness and elegance. “Did you notice his hands?

Heard it before. Forgot it long ago. Ouais! Tu parles! The labyrinth, the chamois with the golden horns, the grail, the argonaut, the kermesse à la Breughel, the wounded groin of Scorpio, the profanation of the host, the Areopagite, translunacy, symbiotic neurosis, and in a wilderness of pebbles a lone katydid. Keep it up, the wheel is softly turning. A time comes when… Now he is bent over his pantâcles. Reads with a Geiger counter. Unlatching his gold fountain pen, he writes in purple milk: Porphyry, Proclus, Plotinus, Saint Valentin, Julian the Apostate, Hermes Trismegistus, Apollonius of Tyana, Claude Saint-Martin.

Strong coffee with hot milk, two or three delicious warm croissants with sweet butter and a touch of jam. And with the breakfast a snatch of Segovia. An emperor couldn’t do better. ), lock the door, and plunk myself in front of the machine. Set to go. My brain afire. But what drawer of my Chinese cabinet mind will I open first? Each one contains a recipe, a prescription, a formula. C. Some still further back. First I must blow the dust away. Particularly the dust of Paris, so fine, so penetrating, so nearly invisible.

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